Posted: March 17, 2009 in Events, Hobbies Club, Steps and Octaves

Oops… hope its moving good among clubbies…..


Now its our turn… danciis ….   First online Step in STEPS


Dance–moves–waves–steps–nadanam–natya, Everything denotes one neutral thing “Body language”, for those of dance lovers. For others its (atleast) stretches or exercises for body fitness.


But by any mean it’s a therapy to the fitness for both body and mind (for those practices perfectly).

SO What I require To learn Dance…..?

i)            Should know one form of dance atleast

ii)          Should know music atleast basics (sa .. re.. ga… ma… pa… da… ne….sa….)

iii)        Should have passed any grade in reputed music institutions…

Ofcourse The above things are not required.

Only interest and dedication. Ya quite right “No pain No gain”, applies hither too.

Here something about the dance forms and its origination. And share our views over those forms to club our info towards that of our passion.

(Discuss — section at the end of article)

Lets start with our traditional dance forms.

The Indian dance is believed to be one of the oldest art that has been through a steady development for nearly two thousand years. All dance forms follow the same gestures or hasta mudras for each of these rasas. The major schools of classical dance in India are Kathak, Manipuri, Odissi, Bharatha Natyam, Kuchipudi , Kathakali and Mohiniattam, apart from the Folk and Tribal dances.

Its for sure this article created for our information sharing alone and accompanied with data only to know the Technical Aspects.

Bharatanatyam traces its origins to the Natya Shastra written by Bharata Muni (c. 400 BCE – 200 BCE), a sage. It consists of elaborate gestures (Mridu Angaharas, movements of limbs), sentiments (Rasas), emotional states (Bhavas). Actions (Kriyas) are its soul.

It consists of,

Purakkoothu or Nritta is pure dance which consists of movements of the body and limbs which are performed to create beauty and decorative effect and not to convey any specific meaning or idea to the beholder. 

Ahakkoothu or Nritya on the other hand is dance with facial expressions. i.e. a dance which is performed specifically to convey the meaning or import of a theme or an idea to the beholder. The Pindi and Pinayal mentioned here are the single handed gestures or Asamyuta Hastas and double handed gestures or Samyuta Hastas


Karanas are the 108 key transitional movements. Most of these 108 Karanas have a central, static pose as a base, usually supposed to stop and maintain it for a very brief duration (0.5 sec).


A distinctive feature of Bharata Natyam Dance is the use of expressive hand gestures as a way of communication. Some of those are here for your updates,

The Pindi or single handed gestures are 28 in number and they are: — Pataka, Tripataka, Ardha-Pataka. Kartari-Mukha, Mayura, Ardha-chandra, Arala, Sukatunda. Mushti. Sikjara. Kapittha. Kataka-Muk­ha. Suci, Chandra-kala. Padma-kosa, Sarpa-sirsa, Mrga-sirsha, Simha­Mukha, Kangula. Sola-padma, Chatura, Bhramara. Hamsasya. Hamsa­paksha,  Samdamsa, Mukula, Tamrachuda. Trisula.



The Pinayal or double-handed gestures which are 24 in number are Anjali Kapotha, Kar­kata, Swastika, Dolahasta. Pushpa puta. Utsanga. Sivalinga, Katakavar­dhana, Kartari-Swastika, Sakata. Sanku, Chakra, Samouta, Pasa, Kilaka, Matsya. Kurrna. Veraha, Garuda, Nagabanda. Khadva, Berunda, Avhit­din.



A series of steps, adavus, and their execution vary greatly from style to style. Most schools recognize 108 principal adavus. A combination of adavus is called jathis, which make up the Nritta passages in a Bharatanatyam performance.

Bhedas and eye movements

Bharatanatyam technique includes elaborate neck and eye movements. Abhinaya Darpanam, for instance, has defined only 9 head movements, 4 neck movement and 8 eye movements (compared with 36 of Natya Shastra) which are used extensively throughout the dance.

Head Movements (Shiro bhedas): Sama, Udhvahita, Adhomukha, Alolita,Dhutam, Kampitam, Paravruttam, Utkshiptam and Parivahitam.

Neck Movements (Griva bhedas): Sundari, Tirashchina, Parivartita, Prakampita

Eye Movements (Drishti bhedas): Sama, Alolita, Sachi, Pralokita, Nimilite, Ullokita,Anuvritta, Avalokita

Now to touch the intension of this SMALL INTRO is…..

These are Some Technical Aspects of Bharatha natyam. And Its believe that a perfect Performer of this art is a product of 7 years practice, who can sing as well as can play classical instrument(flute, yal etc.,)

v  And lets strongly believe, that 7 years is not required to learn how to dance for enjoyment.

v  And I believe only tonnes of interest can change people’s passion towards professionalism.

v  Now ADD UR VIEWS over other forms and even on the above…..(Mandatory for those who loves music and dance especially).


Topic of the turn…..

How symmetry is related to dance ….? 

Quote ur views…… Lets part danciis,

And the second section in our review

  “Quote the move”  .

Say wat we can express using the below Move…. (Not dependent on any dance forms as we believe its a unique language globally.)



With Moves,

Karthikeyan. E  for  TEAM CHRYSALIS

  1. Haritha says:

    Hmmmm…no much idea about symmetry..would like to know about it.
    From the post, it looks like women defence towards male dominance.

  2. karishma says:

    Great post….very informative..
    The pose reminds me of the beginning phase of predominance of women over men not now but way back in the olden days itself ..Just look at that pose ..”The lady’s hand and leg almost ready to hit back”…
    Coming to symmetry , what is this symmetry ?? there any guideline that establishes symmetry?..Scientifically Human beings are bilateral symmetrical and will be symmetrical no matter whatever posture they take..According to me symmetry in dance does not add much weight.

  3. vipul jain says:

    Wow… Arun….Very well judged….
    Well to me it looks like the predominance of Men over women in olden days. But at present the reverse is the reality.:-)
    Well, coming to Symmetry, it all depends on the dance some dance a very intense symmetry is needed whereas in some symmetry is not at all important.

  4. Arun Dubey says:

    Only if u guys wont laugh..

    The pose resembles a eagle or a tiger atacking a rabit or a deer.

    Mythologically it is representative of Sita’s kidnap by Ravana.


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